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54 Egypt police killed in ambush

CAIRO: At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said…

In Kirkuk, Kurds’ joy turns to fear after the army takeover

Turkmen and Arab residents feel safer now   KIRKUK: Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price…

100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

Fear of sectarian reprisals driving out Kurds – Iraq orders arrest of Kurdish Vice President Rasul ERBIL: About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk for fear of sectarian reprisals since Iraqi…

G7 focusing on foreign fighter fallout from Islamic State rout

Fighters seek revenge for destruction of ‘caliphate’ ISCHIA: The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to…

A Saudi first: Spokeswoman at US embassy

WASHINGTON: As Saudi Arabia feverishly portrays itself as ready to join the ranks of modern, tolerant societies, the kingdom has turned to a once-unlikely messenger – one of its daughters…

Palestinian girl wins $150K Arab reading prize

DUBAI: A Palestinian high school student yesterday won $150,000 in an Arabic-language reading competition organized by the Dubai government. Seventeen-year-old Afaf Raed Sharif, from Ramallah, beat 16 finalists from across…

Qatar emir open to dialogue to end Gulf crisis

BOGOR, Indonesia: Qatar is “open to dialogue” in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbors, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia…

Qaeda set to gain as IS disintegrates

BEIRUT: Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops…

Israel raids eight Palestinian media firms for ‘incitement’

HEBRON: Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices across the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman yesterday called a “large-scale operation” against incitement. The raids on eight companies…

Khamenei says Tehran will ‘shred’ nuke deal if Washington quits it

ANKARA: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would…

Islamic State loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria: US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group yesterday, defeating the last militant holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered “caliphate”.…

Qatar Gulf Cup boycott is over Kuwait ban: UAE

DUBAI: A Qatar-hosted soccer tournament for Arab nations should not go ahead unless Kuwait’s FIFA ban is lifted, the UAE Football Association’s president said yesterday, denying that his country’s boycott…

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